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Fabian Delph has rapidly become Man City’s unlucky charm this season

The central midfielder-cum-left-back has barely featured... but when he has it's been costly

This doesn’t make for happy reading if your name starts with F and ends in Abian Delph.

Man City’s strength in depth is unrivalled, with their capacity to field essentially two elite starting XIs potentially powering them to an unprecedented quadruple this season.

But against Spurs under the lights on Tuesday night Pep Guardiola’s rotation may have cost them.


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Poor Fabian

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Poor Fabian

The Catalan tinker man left the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones and Leroy Sane on the bench, opting for Ilkay Gundogan, Nicolas Otamendi and Delph instead.

Now, of course, football is a team game and everything, but it’s safe to say City’s record this season when Delph starts absolutely stinks.

That was City’s sixth defeat of the season in all competitions – and the pseudo central midfielder/left-back has started five of those.

That’s a pretty damning correlation.

Delph was arguably at fault for Spurs’ winner too, allowing Son Heung-min too much time and space to fire past Ederson from a tight angle.

He has started against Lyon, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Leicester (when he was sent off late on) and now Spurs this season and City have succumbed in all of them.

The Unlucky Charm

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The Unlucky Charm

It is perhaps more irrefutable evidence that despite spending £150m on new full backs nearly two summers ago, Guardiola will need to dip back into the market again to solve some pressing issues.

City’s unlucky charm? Sorry Fabian, it looks that way…